Click here for the West Nile Seasonal June 19th, 2019

Click here for the West Nile Seasonal June 19th, 2019

Early-season predictions for 2019 currently show an average-risk WNV year, but this is because temperature and humidity have been mostly normal, and we have not yet included mosquito infection data in the model. For the moment, it is reasonable to plan for a normal WNV year, in which hundreds of people in South Dakota will be infected with the virus. "Average" indicates a lot of transmission and should not be a sign to relax. Individuals, especially, should begin taking care when exposing themselves to outdoor environments in which mosquitoes are known to thrive.